To the countless disadvantaged people whose lives she touches, particularly children and the hungry, Cheryl Ladd must seem like an angel in disguise. No stranger to that title, Ladd is fondly remembered for playing the role of rookie detective Kris Munroe on the TV series Charlie’s Angels. Even though she gave up solving iconic ‘70s-style crimes on television a long time ago, Ladd has committed herself to helping solve real problems that plague millions of people: hunger.
Ladd has been passionately working with Food For The Poor, an interdenominational Christian charity that is based in South Florida and helps serve the “poorest of the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Named the largest international relief and development organization in the nation by Philanthropy Chronicle, Food For The Poor not only feeds the hungry, but also offers emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine and support for orphans and the aging among other services. An impressive 95 percent of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor while keeping administrative costs at less than 5 percent.
Ladd serves as spokesman for Food For The Poor’s Angels of the Poor program. She and her husband of 33 years, producer and author Brian Russell, have been busy building a new home but will be heading to Haiti in January to see good deeds at work.
“It’s important to see the situation; to touch, feel, know and understand, so that we all get a closer view,” says Ladd. Armed with this firsthand knowledge and experience, Ladd will be speaking at FFTP’s 12th annual Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Gala, chaired by philanthropists Melania and Donald J. Trump on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.
“It will be easy for people at a festive gala to think about not touching their dessert because they don’t want the added calories,” says Ladd. She plans to make people realize how fortunate they are to have that choice when so many go hungry. Proceeds from the 2015 gala will be used to build homes for destitute families in Jamaica.
Ladd wears her heart on her sleeve as she talks about what she has seen during her lifetime of philanthropy with abused children, the hungry and the poor. She says her role as a Charlie’s Angel was a blessing as much as it was a challenge, but that her life and “journey has always been guided.” Based on her commitment to making a difference in the lives of so many, it’s almost impossible to believe she wasn’t born with a halo over her head and that her role as an angel was meant as much for real life as it was for TV.
For more information about the gala where Ladd will speak, tickets, sponsorship or donations, please visit www.foodforthepoor.org/events/galas/palm-beach.